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OUYA is an Android 4.0 based console that is completely hackable and will support independent publishing for all titles on the consoles network. This sounds great for indie titles like the ones mentioned on the Kickstarter page like Minecraft and Cannabalt. This won’t see huge AAA games moving over any time soon, with limited tech and hard drive space meaning there isn’t much room to manoeuvre.
OUYA won’t ever have exclusives to drive the system and give people a reason to buy it, being Android based, all the games on it will be available elsewhere, on devices that can hook up to a TV already.
People who are expecting the next big thing will end up disappointed when this piece of dated tech gets left in the dust by next-gen consoles and PC gaming, which by the way work through the TV too. When they say every game will be free-to-play, that means a trial for the games, not the usual meaning behind free-to-play.
Basically, OUYA will be a dated piece of tech in about a year, which funnily enough is when the console is expected to launch, March 2013.
OUYA has the following specs for reference:
- Tegra3 quad-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB of internal flash storage
- HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth LE 4.0
- USB 2.0 (one)
- Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad
- Android 4.0
It’ll be interesting to see what small developers do with the system, but it’s just not a viable ‘future’ for gaming.